If you’re looking for someplace cool and interesting to go in these last few days of summer, then consider checking out the Montgomery Country Recycling Center (located at 16105 Frederick Rd Derwood, MD 20855.) A friend of mine recommended that we go check it out, so we headed over the other morning with high expectations of awesomeness. We (especially my 4 year old Cameron) were not disappointed!
When you fist enter there is a small room on the first floor that talks about what materials are recyclable and how the sorting room works. This was interesting to my kids because it really connected the recycling we do at home to what was happening at the center – but this was nothing compared to what awaited us in the sorting room of the center. Grab some ear plugs (provided by the center and head up the stairs and through the door. You’ll find a room full of conveyer belts, machines, magnets, employees sorting, and trucks and forklifts moving recyclables around. There is a catwalk type area which gives a great birds eye view of all the sorting that is going on. It’s basically like the willy wonka factory for recycling.
Guided tours are available to groups of 10 or more, Monday through Thursday, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Call the recycling center at 301-417-1433 to schedule a time. Individuals are welcome to visit at any time without an appointment (this is what we did) weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The Recycling Center typically does not operate on Fridays. If you are planning a Friday visit, please call the Center at 301-417-1433